Come and enjoy beautiful Lowden Park with the Weaverville Lions Club as they begin their annual Fourth of July Celebration, starting today, July 3, and ending with the Destruction Derby on Sunday, July 7. To help everyone enjoy the celebration, most events are free or very affordable — you are encouraged to come enjoy as many as you can.
Today at 4 p.m. the celebration begins with the Lions and the weekly Farmers Market having “a two for one” event in the park — come enjoy both. The Farmers Market will have its usual weekly market while the Lions will have their opening of the festivities where the Simmons clan show up to toast the opening. At 6 p.m., there will be a single-elimination Corn Hole Tournament; at 6:15 p.m. the women will be playing softball and at 8 p.m. the Highway 3 band will end the evening with their music. Highway 3, a local band of young men, just returned from a tour of Oregon and Washington to be back in the ’Ville.
Thursday, July 4
Wake up to the sound of the Anvil Firing and know it is time to return to the park for the Lions Pancake Breakfast. The Clampers, the Weaverville Fire Department and the Lions will have been up for hours making the coffee and getting the breakfast meal ready. Remember to bring your “button” so your breakfast is free. If you forget your button, for $6 you can purchase a breakfast, so you won’t go hungry. Buttons are on sale (and mugs) at various locations (the Visitors Center, The Nugget, The Floor Store, Ace Hardware — to name of few).
Run in the 4th of July Run where the Trinity High School track team is hosting its annual fun run that begins and ends at THS (remember to pre-register at Main Street Shoes any time before the race to help streamline the race start, race fee is “donation-based” and where you can pick up a race shirt for $20). The year, THS boys track team won both league and section championships and athlete Lauren Harper podiumed for the first time in Wolfpack history at the CIF State meet.
Coach Joanne Harper says, “the track teams’ success is directly related to the support of the community at events like this great run and you’ll be back in time to see the parade.”
Downtown, enjoy the Ice Cream Social, the Arts and Craft Faire; at 10:45 a.m. “Ring your bell” at the Bell Ringing before the Rotary Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Afterward, the hard-working firemen and women of the Weaverville Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual Open House and BBQ at the WVFD station on Bremer Street.
In the afternoon of the 4th, the Lions want you to come back to Lowden Park and enjoy a relaxing afternoon where there will be vendors and games to play. The Lions will have free chess, corn hole, cribbage, horseshoes and swimming. At 5 p.m. in the arena, watch Mike McFadin and his mules perform. Then at 6 p.m. Nate Trujillo and the K-9s will be giving demonstrations. Just a reminder, this year the Lions have a quilt raffle and on both the buttons and the annual T-shirt are Deputy Nate and K-9 Johnny. The money made from this quilt will be donated to the TCSO Auxiliary to help with the K-9 program. The evening will end with music by the Stonehearts.
Friday, July 5
Lion John Knight will be heading up the early morning pickleball tournament and he says, there will be four courts available. Show up at 8 a.m. to sign up, play at 9 a.m. Spectators are also welcome to watch — remember to bring a chair.
Anybody that has been involved with the STEAM program needs to be at the park at 3 p.m., when the Trinity County Office of Education will be building self-propelled Zipline Racers. Participants will be able to race their friends and keep their zip racer. This lightning-fast project provides the thrill of propeller-driven thrust, but without the challenges of aerodynamic flight. Lion Rex Murphy will also have chess playing.
At 6:30 p.m., the Trinity Horses and Long Ears will be hosting a qualifier open barrel race. This event is free to the public and is sponsored by Diamond Productions who has the expertise in rodeo events. This event is open to anyone with a horse that wants to run for a chance to compete under the lights at the Diamond Productions National Bullriding Championship on Saturday, July 6, and the winners win a buckle. Come cheer for these barrel racers. At 6:15 p.m. there will be women’s softball and at 8 p.m. enjoy the music of the Trinity Blue Shakers. Enjoy the evening with dancing, visiting with friends and at 10 p.m. the Weaverville Chamber of Commerce fireworks will begin. Afterward, the Trinity Blue Shakers will resume music until midnight.
Saturday, July 6
There will be the horseshoes and cribbage tournaments. The Lions motocross/BMX race will be a bit different this year. With the help of Trinity Trail Alliance there will be timed races for anyone who wants to participate at the Trinity Bike Park Pump Track (from the young to the old). Riders, one at a time, will race through the Pump Track as fast as they can. There is no registration fee, but guardians must sign an acknowledgement of risk form. Helmets are required and protective clothing recommended, so everyone come have fun! Signups begin at 9 a.m. and the timed runs start at 10. Bring a chair and enjoy the cool quietness of the morning and the racing. This is a free event. Trinity Trail Alliance supports, promotes and builds trails in Trinity County and just hosted the LaGrange Classic mountain bike race.
Lions Cribbage Tournament: This well-
attended event is another favorite of the weekend and the bragging rights are worth the fee to play, spectating is free and there are prizes for winners. Keith Johnson has run this tournament for years.
At noon, Lion Martin Kids Day will happen. There will be old-fashioned games, watermelon eating, three-legged races, to name a few. Lion Bettina Blackwell (Tina Adrian) will be bringing many of her grandkids and Craig Schanaker will be announcing. Winners will receive money as prizes. The pool will be open for Lions free swimming so bring your swimming suits and towel.
Wear your Red and White and come run with the Pack. THS Alumni Day in the Park continues to grow each year. This free event encourages alumni, teachers, family and friends to come to the park to “Run with the Pack.” This event reconnects local alumni with alumni that have traveled to Weaverville for the 4th. It’s also a time for teachers to see their students and family and friends to get back together. Alumni Richard Morris and/or Jeff Morris will play the school song, and everyone will sing, cheer and possibly have a beer. The inductees for the THS Sports Hall of Fame will be announced. Bring a chair and be ready to reminisce. Not sure which THS classes are having class reunions this year, but there always seems to be a class reunion or two and they tend to show up for Alumni Day in the Park. It’s a fun time!
The Rotary & Lions Golf Ball Drop is back and both clubs have been busy selling tickets and will have tickets at the Alumni Day in the Park. The helicopter will arrive about 4 p.m. to begin dropping golf balls. There’s “money to be won” and there will be tickets sold during Alumni Day in the Park.
By now you will smell the delicious smell of meat cooking — follow your nose to the Lions BBQ Ribs and Chicken Dinner. This popular food event provides a delicious menu and you will not be disappointed, and your belly will be full.
From there, you can wander over to Diamond Productions National Bullriding Championship. As their ad says, “you won’t be disappointed.” There is a pre-rodeo event, the show and then a dance featuring a live band. Event also includes Metal Mulisha, and the crowning of the queen and princess.
Across town, there will be the Shangri-
La Music Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lee Fong Park.
Sunday, July 7
Be ready for another Lions Destruction Derby and mud races. This loud, crashing, popular event will start at 6 p.m. Ticket sales will begin at 3 p.m. Unfortunately, there is not a Derby Car raffle this year. Remember, if you want to run in the mud race you must wear closed toe shoes. There are money prizes for first, second and third place.
All weekend at Lowden Park, there will be free train rides (on Friday and Saturday) by Western Express Train and the swimming pool will be open. If you’re hungry and/or thirsty there will be many vendors and concessionaires available.
Downtown the Jake Jackson Museum and Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park will be open. Remember to visit and support our businesses downtown.
As a reminder, no glass bottles are allowed in the park. Both the Lions and Diamond Productions will be selling alcohol, so leave yours at home. Dispose of your litter properly. Animals must be on a leash, but better yet, leave them home.